Oregon’s state motto Alis volat propriis — “She Flies With Her Own Wings” — is a nod to the 33rd state’s freethinking spirit. It did after all declare independence from both the United States and Great Britain at one point.
That divergent disposition is still evident today just about everywhere you look in Oregon. Here are some examples I spotted along the Manly Moments tour.
At 72 feet, The World’s Tallest Barber Pole sits sentry over the town of Forest Grove. The brainchild of Oregon native Chuck Olson, the pole plan was hatched to best the “Everything is Bigger In…” state, Texas. They had a 40-footer that Olson figured would be easy to beat.
At the other end of the size spectrum, Oregon also boasts (or perhaps whispers) the World’s Smallest Park. Located at the end of a median along SW Naito Parkway at SW Taylor Street in Portland, the Mill Ends Park was awarded the diminutive title by the folks at Guinness Book of Records way back in 1971.
Serving up over 15 tons of sausage every year to 8,000-plus hungry souls, the annual Verboort Sausage Festival at the Visitation Catholic Church in Forest Grove, Oregon is approaching octogenarian status — this year marked its 79th outing. The sausage devout line up at 1am for the 9am bulk sales (it sold out by noon), but the $15 dinners are available well into the night.
If the church crowd isn’t your thing, grab a dinner-to-go and make the pilgrimage with the rest of the sausage sinners to the beer garden down the road…